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Help for job seekers at your library

PREVIEW Columnist, and the Library Staff

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Workforce Center services are now available at your library through the Virtual Workforce Center.  The small conference room is set aside every Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m.–noon with four laptops computers for you to access a special website designed especially for job seekers.

This website allows you to access a wealth of information about more than 6,000 job openings statewide.  It also provides material on how to upgrade your training and skills, help with your unemployment insurance benefits, access financial resources if you have lost your job, write a more persuasive resume and polish your interview skills.

The website also explains how to apply for unemployment benefits.  As well, we have an unemployment hotline available on Thursday afternoons from 1-4, and a 14-page brochure titled “Your Guide to Unemployment Benefits.”

A total of 46 libraries across Colorado are participating in this Virtual Workforce Center project, which has particular advantages for rural communities such as ours that are far away from the broader resources of urban centers.

High-tech training

Our highly popular, free high-tech learning sessions continue. Informal sessions with Cody are set for today (Thursday, Jan. 24) from 3–5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m.–noon and Thursday, Jan. 31 from 3–5 p.m.  Bring your devices and tech questions to Cody.

We also have two more formal training sessions this month that require advance registration for space reasons:  Tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 25) from 10 a.m.-noon is a workshop on blog and website basics where you will learn how to create a basic blog or website. Then, next Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 1-3 p.m. is a session on uploading and organizing your digital photos.

Teen video contest

Teens aged 13-18 — individually or in teams — are invited to enter a nationwide video contest to promote Colorado libraries’ 2013 summer reading programs.  The winning video will net its teen creator(s) a cash prize of $275  — plus prizes worth $125 for their local library.  Your video must be 30-90 seconds long, promote the 2013 summer reading theme “Beneath the Surface,” and encourage teens to read and use libraries this summer.  You can get entry forms and more information from a flyer at the library.  Or go  to www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/SummerReading/TeenVidContest.htm.  The deadline for submitting videos and the required forms is Feb. 20.

Free teen gaming 

Seventh–  to 12th-graders are invited to a Teen Sports Gaming session from 2–3:30 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 25) and every fourth Friday of the month.  Join us for all-sports electronic gaming and snacks.

Conversational Spanish  

Join Roberta Strickland for a free weekly five-week conversational Spanish class that started on Jan. 9 and will continue for two more Wednesdays from 4:30–5:30 p.m.  The class is full, but you are welcome to drop in because the attendance varies from week to week.

Books on CD

“Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power” by Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham is a biography about Jefferson the man, the politician and the president. “Open Heart” by Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel is a memoir in which the author, at age 82, reflects on his life.  “Nano” by Robin Cook follows the latest adventures of Pia Grazadani, the embattled student from “Death Benefits,” in this medical thriller.  “The First Prophet” by Kay Hooper tells of the team of psychics within the FBI.

Nonfiction

“The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes” by Bryan Burrough chronicles the rise and fall of one of the great economic and political powerhouses of the 20th century — Texas oil. “Antifragile” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb reveals his ideas on how to thrive in an uncertain world. “Tap Dancing to Work” by investor Warren Buffett and Fortune magazine editor Carol J. Loomis is an updated collection of the best Buffett articles published in the magazine between 1966 and 2012.  “Wheat Belly Cookbook” by Dr. William David offers 150 recipes to show you how to lose the wheat, lose the weight and find your path back to health.

Large print westerns

“Kill the Indian” by Johnny D. Boggs is the latest in the series featuring Comanche Daniel Killstraight. “Sky Blue” by Max Brand tells of a shiftless man and a magnificent stallion that changes his life.  “Saddle Tramp” by Todhunter Ballard follows a drafter who prefers peace to trouble until he is pushed too far.  “Law at Angel’s Landing” by Wayne D. Overholser is set in a gold mining town in the hills of Colorado.  “A Bullet for Billy” by Bill Brooks features drifter and former Texas Ranger Jim Glass. “Royal Bridesmaids” is an anthology of three marriage stories by Stephanie Laurens, Gaelen Foley and Loretta Chase.

Other large print

“Don’t Say a Word” is a romantic suspense story by Beverly Barton.  “Book, Line and Sinker” by Jenn McKinlay is the latest in the library lover’s mystery series.  “The Dog Stars” by Peter Heller follows the adventures of a man who survived the flu that killed everyone he knows.  “Death of a Neighborhood Witch” by Laura Levine is the latest in the Jaine Austen mystery series.  “Goldberg Variations” by Susan Isaacs is about a grandmother who has a kingdom to bequeath to one of the grandchildren she hardly knows.

Thanks to donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Norbert Lechner and Gary Weger.

Quotable quote

“Strive not to be a success but rather to be of value.” — Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity.

Website 

For more information on library books, services and programs, and to reserve books from the comfort of your home, please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

This story was posted on January 24, 2013.